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SBD/October 12, 2011/Colleges
Big 12 Commish Expects Missouri To Be Part Of Conference Next Year
Published October 12, 2011
CONCERNS ABOUT THE PROCESS: Baylor Univ. President Ken Starr indicated that the Big 12 "had been stabilized" with the addition of TCU Monday as the conference's 10th member. However, Starr said, "I am concerned about the welfare of other conferences and the schools and the student-athletes who find themselves caught up in this very unstable environment and culture. We need to fix that" (USA TODAY, 10/12). Meanwhile, in Pittsburgh, Karen Price reports despite the NCAA "not having authority over which conferences its universities belong to," NCAA President Mark Emmert thinks schools "need to justify their reasons for moving." Emmert: "If it's going to do good things for students, I'm all about it. If it's just about money and nothing else, then that's a challenge" (PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 10/12).
FOOTBALL MERGER STILL A POSSIBILITY: Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said that the league is "gaining some momentum in a possible C-USA/Mountain West football-only cooperative." He said, "We've had a series of discussions at various levels. Each stop on the way, they've said, 'This seems like a pretty good idea. Keep exploring. Keep going.' So I'm pleased about that." In Houston, Sam Khan Jr. notes a "championship game between the winners of each league would be organized with the hope of earning" a BCS berth (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/12).